It is with great pleasure that I introduce another key member of IBSG’s Manufacturing Practice, Diana Huang. As a key Industry Thought Leader, Diana has had a distinguished career at Cisco to date and is currently leading the Greater China team in helping Fortune 500 CEOs address their most strategic issues—from growth strategy, global expansion, operational efficiency, and leadership development, to innovation, technology in management, corporate culture, and employee training.
Huang is an active member of the Cisco Greater China leadership team, focusing on go-to-market strategies with transformational efforts, and is also executive sponsor of the Cisco Greater China Smart Grid Virtual Team. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the International School of Beijing, where she co-chairs the resources committee.
Huang has 19 years of management consulting and industry experience in the United States and China. Prior to joining Cisco, she was a vice president and partner at A.T. Kearney. As a strategic adviser to senior leadership, Huang led teams that assisted both Chinese and multinational companies with strategic direction, organizational transformation, and operational efficiency improvements.
Prior to consulting, Huang was a research chemist. She has written a number of papers, including “Decoding the Cisco DNA,” “Eco-City: Will China Lead the World?”, and “China’s Response to Global Meltdown.”
The United States continues to be the world’s largest manufacturing economy, employing nearly 17 million people – about 1 in 6 private sector jobs. However, the modern manufacturing industry is struggling to attract the highly skilled workers it needs for the tech-savvy, evolving role required in today’s manufacturing operations.
Historically, manufacturing jobs were thought of as mind-numbing, remedial tasks done in dark and dingy factories. This “old” perception of a manufacturing environment creates a barrier to attract new employees to the manufacturing environment we see today – clean and safe with employees managing advanced machinery that drives innovation and productivity. Cisco, together with key manufacturing organizations, such as The Manufacturing Institute, are working to educate a new generation of workers on the needs of today’s manufacturers and get them excited about this challenging, but very rewarding career.
Cisco solutions are at the forefront of this evolved role within manufacturing, especially as more companies demand efficiency and collaboration among their workforce. For example, manufacturers are constantly seeking new ways for their employees to become more productive, while streamlining their day-to-day tasks. To be more efficient and collaborative, employees must be connected to share ideas and insights. So you simply just connect them, right? If you consolidate the intellectual capital of all the workers into a central repository and give your employees access; then they can start sharing insight on how to do their jobs better and smarter. Simply put, it’s just adding non-networked people to the network. And Cisco is working with numerous manufacturing companies across the country to make this key transition needed to support the quality control and productivity improvements plants demand with the collaboration younger workers expect.
Are you trying to get your arms around what’s included in a well-designed EtherNet/IP industrial infrastructure? Look no further! Here’s an example of how the Internet of Everything (IoE) came alive at Automation Fair recently:
An integrated design from Cisco, Rockwell Automation, Panduit and Fluke Networks demonstrates standards-based solutions for manufacturing agility and operational excellence!
Please join me in welcoming Bob Dean to the Manufacturing Industry Blog!
I am pleased to introduce Robert (Bob) Dean to the Cisco Manufacturing Industry Blog. Bob is the Executive Director with Cisco’s Americas Business Transformation team and is responsible for building and leading the go-to-market ans sales development strategies for the Manufacturing Industry Vertical in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
Bob has an extensive background with technology and management consulting firms and specializes in integrated supply chain management in the manufacturing industry on a global scale. His expertise includes both international and domestic client engagements across the entire spectrum of manufacturing industries and supply chain processes.
With over 35 years of industry experience, Bob has demonstrated skill in assisting organizations in rethinking the way they do business with a focus on globalization, innovation and value creation, extended enterprise collaboration, and operational excellence. As a catalyst for change, he is considered a strategist with a global operational/implementation focus.
One of the largest industrial exhibitions in the world is coming up next week- SPS/IPC/Drives which will be held from November 27th-29th in Nuremberg, Germany. This year, Cisco will have a greater presence at this industrial automation and controls trade expo. One of the interesting aspects of this exhibition is it covers not just components but spans integrated automation solutions including industrial networks. With a conference sessions and topics that attract over 50,000 line of business attendees (not just from Germany but worldwide), visitors include key decision makers from both controls and production as well as IT from end-users, system integrators, and machinery manufacturers.
Cisco Machine-to-Machine and Connected Industry Solutions
I have attended this show for many years and I am amazed at the continued evolution of the various displays on systems and devices such as robotics, factory floor applications and more. In fact, one of the core themes for this year is how to leverage EtherNet/IP networks and cloud based solutions in a production environment. There is a hunger for information, best practices and real-life examples. For example, we at Cisco are constantly asked about how our solutions enable secure machine-to-machine communications.